Marcy Borders – The 9/11 “Dust Lady”

Today we remember Marcy Borders, a Legal Assistant who worked at the Bank of America located at the World Trade Center in NYC. She survived 9/11 and died on Aug. 24th back in 2015.

Marcy Borders at her home in Bayonne, N.J., on Nov. 26, 2014. Photo by Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal, via Associated Press

On 9/11, Marcy became “The Dust Lady” when Stan Honda, a photographer for Agence France Presse, captured an image of Borders, completely covered in dust from the collapse of the Twin Towers.

Marcy Borders on Sept. 11, 2001.
Photo by Stan Honda/Agence France-Presse – Getty Images

Borders was diagnosed with stomach cancer in August 2014. The illness saddled her with incredible suffering and crippling debt of over $190,000. Owing this, she had not yet received surgery and she still needed additional chemotherapy.

In this Nov. 26, 2014 photo, Marcy Borders shows her shaved head, the result of in her chemotherapy treatment for stomach cancer, at her home in Bayonne, N.J. Photo by Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

The image of Marcy covered in toxic dust is now iconic and serves to remind us of the troubling realities being experienced by hundreds (some estimate eventually thousands) of people getting sick in the aftermath of that day that we will #NeverForget

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